5 former Chicago Bears who could come out of retirement to play

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Brian Urlacher – ILB

Although the defensive side of the ball needs little help, it would be pretty amazing to have Hall of Fame linebacker Brian Urlacher back in the fold. Urlacher played in a 4-3 defense, but that would not stop him from thriving by playing next to the likes of Roquan Smith.

Urlacher was one of the best inside linebackers to play the game. I am glad he got the recognition he deserved by being a first-ballot Hall of Famer. Urlacher is the all-time leader in tackles for the Chicago Bears with 1,046 solos and 315 assists. Urlacher also holds the franchise record for tackles-for-loss with 138. The closest to him is Lance Briggs with 97. Granted, they did not start tracking this stat until the early 1990s.

Normally, I would play Urlacher over the likes of Danny Trevathan but he is about to turn 42 years old. Playing linebacker takes some serious beatings and I think he’d have to play in some sub-packages. If I am Chuck Pagano I am playing Urlacher somewhere between 20 and 30 percent of the snaps. This gives him enough time to make some serious noise but also not wear himself out.